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In Detroit, James Wiseman finally discovers the big leagues

In mid-February, a few days after the arrival in Detroit of James Wiseman coming from Golden State where his passage was a bitter failure, in a team holding the title which did not have the time to take the time to develop it, Dwane Casey and Troy Weaver ensured that they could achieve it, in Michigan.

A month and a half later, their displayed confidence proves them right since the 2nd choice of the 2020 Draft has settled in the five major of these Pistons who are not playing anything this season, except the development of their young thumbs , exactly. In 18 games in his new team, the native of Nashville thus turns to 13.4 points and 8.7 rebounds in a finally favorable context since his coach willingly lets him play despite his mistakes.

Unlike Golden State where his margin of error was logically limited, James Wiseman therefore swallows minutes without the pressure of the result or the collective performance under the tunic of the Pistons, and finally finally starts his career with the pros, after a false start. nearly two and a half years.

He learns every day. He is maturing » also noted Dwane Casey. ” Most of the things he learns are mainly habits, especially in relation to his physique. »

The racket, the revealer of truths

Very comfortable around the circle (72% success in shooting from the circle, according to Cleaning The Glass) as soon as he can bring his size and verticality into play, James Wiseman remains too physically tender to definitely jostle in the big leagues without being jostled.

It’s no mystery that he’s going to have to lift from the cast this summer. Simply gain muscle and get thicker, more powerful added Dwane Casey. ” He has innate technical qualities for a player of his size. So his technical background is already there. From now on, it must thicken to navigate more serenely in the racket. »

His duel Monday against the rock Brook Lopez, on the occasion of the reception of the Bucks, was also a further reminder of the work that awaits him in the weight room this summer.

It was the most painful ‘matchup’ of my season, to be honest “He admitted as well, while the pivot of Milwaukee, who compiled 24 points and 14 rebounds, makes him nearly 20 kilos! ” It’s his strength, in fact. He bumped into me, and I don’t want it to happen again. I would say that [Brook Lopez], [Nikola] jokic and [Joel] Embiid are the hardest to defend. So I will definitely be spending time in the weight room this summer. Starting with the lower body, when I’m in the low post. I push myself too hard when I try to thrust. To remedy this, I need more stable support, more anchored in the ground. »

And the former college of Memphis concludes by revealing his goal: to reach 115 kilos by the end of the summer. That is about five months to thicken by 7 kilos, he who points this season to 108 kilos according to

James Wiseman Percentage Bounces
Season Crew GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd party Int bp CT Points
2020-21 GOS 39 21 51.9 31.6 62.8 1.4 4.4 5.8 0.7 3.1 0.3 1.5 0.9 11.5
2022-23 * All Teams 39 19 57.7 23.5 68.4 1.6 4.3 5.9 0.6 2.3 0.2 1.2 0.6 9.9
2022-23 * GOS 21 13 62.8 50.0 68.4 0.9 2.6 3.5 0.7 1.9 0.1 0.7 0.3 6.9
2022-23 * TED 18 26 55.2 20.0 68.4 2.5 6.2 8.7 0.6 2.8 0.2 1.8 0.8 13.4
Total 78 20 54.4 29.1 65.4 1.5 4.3 5.8 0.7 2.7 0.2 1.4 0.7 10.7

How to read the stats? MJ = matches played; Min = Minutes; Shots = Shots made / Shots attempted; 3pts = 3-points / 3-points attempted; LF = free throws made / free throws attempted; Off = offensive rebound; Def= defensive rebound; Tot = Total bounces; Pd = assists; Fte: Personal fouls; Int = Intercepts; Bp = Lost bullets; Ct: Counters; Points = Points.

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